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Blues, Brews & BBQ: Local restaurants will fire up the grills Nov. 9 for a good time and a good cause at HarborWalk Village when the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Northwest Florida chapter hosts a craft beer tasting and creative BBQ competition. All proceeds benefit FRLA Educational Foundation, supporting the next generation of hospitality professionals. Entertainment includes Season Ammons Band and Blenders.
Story Time with Clara: The Northwest Florida Ballet presents a free special reading of The Nutcracker Nov. 9 in the courtyard in front of Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Clara and other characters will pantomime scenes as the story is read. Bring a camera for photos with the characters.
Flutterby Arts Festival: An arts and entertainment festival for all ages, the Flutterby Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 at South Barrett Square, Main Street and Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Enjoy dance performances, storytelling, arts and crafts, a butterfly garden, Walton County student butterfly art exhibit, live music and more. Admission is free, with some activities requiring a $1 ticket which can be purchased at entrance tent.
Stage Crafters: Stage Crafters Community Theatre presents the holiday musical “Miracle in Bedford Falls” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 15-16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17 at Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium, 107 Miracle Strip Parkway in Fort Walton Beach. Tickets are $20 and available at P.S. Gifts in Fort Walton Beach, Bayou Books in Niceville and www.StageCrafters.com. Discounted student tickets are $10 and available at the door. Call 243-1101.
Cars and Coffee: Car enthusiasts will showcase their specialty cars throughout HarborWalk Village from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Nov. 10 with beverages, food and live music. Porsche of Destin sponsors this event and all proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Addams Family: The national tour of the musical comedy The Addams Family is brought to life at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. Tickets are $49 with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more tickets. Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org to purchase.
Fall Wine Walkabout: Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the Fall Wine Walkabout from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the East Bar and Courtyard at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Music will be provided by jazz artists Michael J Thomas and Cheryl and Denny Jones. Tickets are $40/MKAF members and $50/not yet members. Purchase tickets at www.mattiekellyartsfoundation.org/ or call 850-650-2226.
Watercolor exhibit: The Destin Library will host a 16-piece watercolor exhibit by local artist Thomas A. Grossi, Jr., “The art of … Thomas A. Grossi, Jr. … fall into his world,” through Nov. 14 in the Calhoun Room. Call 837-8572.
AmericanaUnder The Stars: Belmont and Jones perform in the family/pet friendly concert series from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 14 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.
Fundraiser: Randy Wise Homes, Inc. will hold a fundraiser to benefit Building Homes for Heroes from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Grande Ballroom at Emerald Grande in HarborWalk Village. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at www.BuildingHomesForHeroes.org or Randy Wise Homes, 127 N. Partin Drive in Niceville. This benefit will help to provide local wounded veteran Air Force Master Sergeant Joseph Deslauriers and his family with a new home. Attendees will enjoy dinner, a silent auction and a presentation by Building Homes for Heroes.
Sparkling Wines & Holiday Lights: The Sandestin Wine Festival presents the second annual Sparkling Wines & Holiday Lights from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.For information and tickets visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com.